Well, it’s official. Sony has unveiled the PlayStation 4. Most of it, anyway. Everything but the console itself, actually. But pretty much everything else. Read on for all the details, and a digital TON of video.
At a media event tonight in New York City, Sony Computer entertainment announced their next generation game console, known (for now) as the PlayStation 4. I say “for now” because I’ll be launching a petition shortly after this article is published to have the name of the PS4 officially changed to PL4YST4TION. But enough about that. The presentation just wrapped up minutes ago, and here are some of the major points that were made about the console.
- The PS4 was designed with ease of development in mind. Will be made of “supercharged” PC components, including an 8-core X86 processor, a GPU capable of nearly 2 teraflops, and 8gb of RAM.
- Dualshock 4 controller will feature more refined inputs, a touchpad, a headphone jack, and a “share” button.
- The share button will allow players to upload screenshots and video clips of their game play, which is automatically recorded.
- Through the share feature, players can view, comment on, and even assist with their friends’ game play.
- Games can be saved and paused indefinitely without shutting the system down.
- Downloads and updates can be performed in the background, and even if the console is off.
- PS4 games can be streamed to and played on the PSVita through a system called “Remote Play.”
- The PS4 is not backwards compatible, but plans are underway to have all past PlayStation titles available for download at some future date.
- Sony is calling their cloud storage strategy “Everything Everywhere,” not to be confused with the Everclear song, “Everything to Everyone.”
- The launch window is Holidays 2013.
While the console itself wasn’t shown, the new Dualshock controller was.
UPDATE The entire Sony presentation is now available. You can watch it below. Or you can skip over it, and continue to the highlights I’ve so selflessly collected for you.
Next up is a trailer for Killzone: Shadow Fall. A full demo of the game was shown during the presentation, and we’ll bring that to you as soon as it’s available.